Did you know that dogs are direct descendants of wolves and therefore are naturally carnivores? Yes, they share 99.8% the same DNA makeup! Like wolves, dogs have sharp teeth and strong jaws intended for ripping, crushing, and tearing their food apart. For this reason they should be eating a diet consisting of predominantly meat and vegetables, like they would in the wild. Although canines have evolved over the years with many sizes and breeds, dog’s internal makeup is still the same as their ancestors from thousands of years ago! Dogs no longer need to hunt for their food, but that does not mean their needs have changed. Feeding a biologically appropriate diet will allow them to benefit tremendously!
The B.A.R.F. Model Diet stands for ‘Biologically Appropriate Raw Food’ and ‘Bones And Raw Food’. It is a raw diet consisting of raw meat, bones, organs, and vegetables. It is what dogs were designed to digest and eat. Since this diet is what nature intended dogs to eat, they will benefit the most from this diet similarly to how we benefit most from a natural fresh diet. Since kibble was created, dog owners have been convinced that it is a nutritious option for our pets. This misinformation has caused many of us to believe that “raw” or “human” food is dangerous when in fact is it the best thing you can feed your dog. It will not only improve your dog’s health, but also lengthen their lifespan. It is the best diet you can feed your dog, giving them the right nutrition with many health benefits!
When your dog is on a raw diet, they will benefit in many ways. Outlined below are 10 of the top benefits you will notice after switching your dog to a natural raw diet:
One of the first things you many notice when switching your dog to a raw diet is an improvement in their stool! A raw diet will contribute to smaller, firmer poops! Why? Because your dog will actually be utilizing most of what they eat! In addition, kibble is full of fillers and carbs that your dog does not need. This results in larger stool. In addition to smaller, firmer stool, your dog will also have less (and less stinky) gas! It’s a win-win!
Another benefit you will quickly notice is an improvement in your dog's skin and coat. Just like we need certain nutrients to keep our skin and hair healthy, the same is true for your dog. Have you ever noticed how some dogs have oily and smelly coats? A raw fed dog’s coat will be smooth and silky and skip that dirty “dog” smell. In addition to an improvement in your dog’s coat, their actual skin underneath will also improve. Many dogs have dry or itchy skin, causing them to scratch and lick themselves. While dogs can also have skin issues as a result of environmental factors or fleas, we have to remember their diet is a major contender as well. A natural raw diet will ultimately improve your dog’s immune system, leading to an improved skin and coat.
Did you know allergies can stem from processed foods? While our pets may have sensitivities to environmental factors like outlined above, almost all allergies are related to the food we consume. Food allergies can cause skin issues, ear and eye infections, and digestive issues. Many pet owners are under the impression their dog is allergic to a certain protein, but in reality it was an allergy to artificial flavored “protein” in processed food, but not raw. Once your dog is on a raw diet, many owners are pleased to see their dog’s previous allergies completely clear up!
Over 80% of dogs over the age of three have dental disease. It may not be apparent when they are young, but processed kibble can cause poor dental hygiene. The sugary and starchy ingredients in kibble cause tartar buildup, while not cleaning their teeth the way they require. Kibble fed dogs are often also given expensive teeth cleaning, dental chews, and recreational bones to improve their dental health, but the truth is a raw diet will do this all in one step. By eating a diet consisting of fresh raw meats and vegetables, your dog will receive a thorough teeth cleaning with no harmful ingredients!
A raw diet will give your dog the nutrients they need to turn into energy. Your dog will no longer be affected by the sugars and carbohydrates in processed foods, causing them to slow down and lose their vitality. Owners with old dos notice a spike in their energy and a change in their behavior, like they turned back the hands of time! A raw diet is what they were designed to be fueled by!
The ingredients in processed foods are known to increase inflammation, the production of healthy cells, and blood flow. Inflammation can increase the aging process as well as cause pain leading to reduced activity, weight gain, and other health problems. A raw diet can reverse these negative effects giving your dog relief and a better quality of life.
With over 50% of dogs in the U.S. being classified as overweight or obese, we must look at what we are fedding them. Kibble has grains, artificial flavors, and additives providing your dog with calories to keep them full, but unnecessary ingredients which turn to fat rather than fuel. A raw diet will give your dog the nutrients they need to reach or maintain their ideal weight without lacking any of the vital vitamins, minerals, and proteins they need to thrive. Remember, in the wild dogs would not have the chance to cook their food, eat grains and carbohydrates, and sugary ingredients. If we feed a biologically appropriate diet, they will naturally transform to their optimal health.
With a raw diet, your dog will also experience improved digestion. With no additives and unnecessary ingredients in their diet, they will be able to easily digest their food like nature intended. The nutrient bioavailability is much greater in a raw diet, allowing your dog to absorb the nutrients they are receiving, resulting in their body being able to use it for energy and optimal health.
Recent studies have shown an increasing rate of life threatening diseases in dogs. Many of these are linked to the food they are eating. Due to kibble, there has been an increase in cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, DCM, and more. This is due to additives, the quality of the food, and the overall lack of nutrients. Dogs that are fed a species appropriate diet with meat, bone, organs, and vegetables are far less likely to encounter these serious health problems and chronic disease.
All of the benefits outlined above will result in optimal health, resulting in less vet visits for your little guy! Raw feeding is taking an investment in your dog’s overall and long term health. Not only will they be happier and healthier, but they will bypass the many health issues dogs can get from a processed diet. Their immune system will boost, causing all other bodily functions stronger. Like humans, switching to a healthy diet is a lifestyle change. The results can be seen quickly as well as long term. A raw diet will give you more time with your pet, and less time at the vet.
A species appropriate diet will give your dog exactly what they need, and nothing more, to thrive. When your dog eats a processed diet, they miss out on vital nutrients and health benefits. A B.A.R.F. diet will bring them enhanced health and longevity. Give your dog the diet they need and deserve and reap the benefits together!